San Juan Survivor

Ages: 13 - 15
Dates: July 18 - 29 *this program ends on a Friday (week 2)
Tuition: $1,800
Overnights: 6

Challenge Level:  

Join us for this all NEW backcountry course designed to leave students with a working knowledge of wilderness skills, environmental education, outdoor ethics, first aid and team building. Our first week will take us to High Camp, a backcountry hut nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains, fully equipped with a kitchen, lounging areas, wood burning stoves, cozy sleeping quarters and a wood-fired hot tub! This immersive week of high-alpine workshops; ranging in topic from safe mountain travel,  watershed education, group problem solving and team building, will prepare students for future adventures and inquiry-based learning. The second week of this program will put student's newly acquired knowledge to the test! At the start of our second week, the group will be shuttled up to Lizard Head Wilderness where they will begin their five day, four night backpacking journey to Silverton! They'll spend their days trekking through the forest, beneath the towering peaks of the San Juans. At night they'll hone in on their wilderness camping skills and enjoy evenings of backcountry cuisine, story telling and camaraderie. On the last day, the group will be picked up by their shuttle, enjoy a well-deserved soak at the hot springs and venture back home! This program is sure to build the skills students need to make backpacking a lifelong passion!
General Program Schedule:
This is a NEW program!

Week 1: Monday - Thursday

Double overnight begins Tuesday
Monday: Intro day! Getting to know each other, meal planning and packing 101.

Tuesday: Backpack into High Camp! Evening team building workshop.

Wednesday: Environmental education and wilderness first aid workshops! Evening survival skills competition.

Thursday: Morning reflection activity. Trek out of High Camp. Prep for next week's backpack!

Week 2: Monday - Friday

Program departs on Monday

Monday: Shuttle to Lizard Head to start backpacking expedition! Trek into the high county for your first night on the trail.

Tuesday - Thursday: Continue your journey towards Silverton while participating in educational and survival workshops. Gain independence, knowledge, skill and lifelong friendships!

Friday: Last morning on the trail. Pack up camp and meet shuttle in Silverton. Enjoy a hot springs soak and head back home for a well-deserved shower!

*A detailed itinerary will be available on the first
day of the program. Schedule subject to change.

Click pack for a packing list
Rent or purchase discounted gear 

*Students are required to supply themselves with a proper trekking backpack for their overnights. Packs can be rented or purchased using the link above.

A negative COVID-19 test will be required for students attending this program. We are working on our current policies and will send more information about this requirement in the spring.

Important Notes: This is a backpacking program. Students will be expected to carry their personal belongings, as well as some group gear, on their backs for 5-8 miles per day. Students will be hiking and camping at high elevation. It is strongly recommended that students arrive to altitude at least a couple days before the program begins. 

Attending this program makes you eligible for our 2023 NOLS partnership expedition to ALASKA! Click the logo to learn more about Expedition Academy and our upcoming partnership with NOLS! (Must be 15 by summer 2023)